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This Is What You Need To Start Boxing

Watch Jeremiah Maestre, amateur boxer and Rumble fitness trainer, shop for gear at Superare in Lower Manhattan.Published: April 22, 2019

Sick and tired of your gym routine? You’re in the right place. We asked Jeremiah Maestre, an amateur boxer and one of New York City’s top fitness trainers, what’s needed for a killer boxing workout. Watch him shop for the essentials at Superare, his favorite spot in the city for gear.

According to Maestre, all you need are boots and gloves:

Boots
Although many people assume boxing is all about the upper body, Maestre says your feet and legs do most of the heavy lifting. When buying training boots, look for comfort, support, and lightweight materials. He recommends leather for softness and mobility and a high-top design for ankle support.

Gloves
Having your own gloves is crucial for a couple of reasons. For starters, the ones you rent at the gym are hotboxes of OPG (Other People’s Sweat). Secondly, your own pair will mold to the unique contours of your hand, meaning the fit and feel will only improve over time.

Consider the following:

1. Enclosures: lace-up or velcro.
Maestre recommends velcro, since they’re much easier to get on and off. Lace-ups require another person to tie you up—probably overkill if you’re just getting started.

2. Padding.
Beginners need plenty of support distributed throughout the glove. Pay special attention to padding around the wrist and fingers—the most vulnerable spots if and when you throw a punch wrong. You’re only human.

3. Size.
Throw out the notion of small, medium, and large. Boxing gloves work in ounces—commonly 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, and 18. Increasing the weight increases the size and the level of support, so a 16 oz. pair will give a lot more protection than a 10 oz. pair. For beginners with medium-sized hands, Maestre says 14 oz. is a safe bet. That said, hand compartments vary from brand to brand. It’s a good idea to chat with a shopkeeper to find your perfect fit.

All in all, it’s not outrageously expensive to get set up with boots and gloves—expect to pay around $200. If you can’t get to a shop like Superare in person, make sure to order from a site with a generous return policy.


This episode is part of Shop With Me, a series that celebrates everything shopping can be: a diversion, an errand, an exploration, a lesson. We observe how people, products, and shops come together to better understand the value of real, live shopping.

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